Equity in the Built Environment

Does design have the power to both prohibit and provide opportunity? Can our built environment contribute to an equitable society?

EQUITY is one of the National Building Museum’s Pillars of Impact. The Equity in the Built Environment signature series focuses on the relationship between equity, social justice and our built environment. Through public programs, workshops, and new exhibitions, the series illuminates how design and construction can perpetuate inequality and foster divisiveness and yet also create opportunity and empower communities. It examines how choices we make in the design of buildings, landscapes, interiors, and urban planning can be a cause or cure of disparities.

See full program schedule here.

INTERSECTIONS: Where Diversity, Equity and Design Meet 

In Fall 2022, the Museum is hosting a robust program series that brings leading Black designers, architects and artists into conversation with program attendees. Discussion will center on actions to promote justice in the built environment. These sessions are participatory experiences designed to provoke new thinking, spark conversation, enlighten and empower. 

Featured speakers include:


The BlackSpace Collective brings an array of planners, architects, artists, and designers into conversation about creating a present and future where Black people, Black spaces, and Black culture matter and thrive.

A series of three workshops explore the importance of Black spaces and the power of design in creating and conserving these spaces for Black people. These workshops are thought and action sessions, providing participants with a chance for deeper discussion and collaboration. 

Workshop dates are: September 8, October 18, November 19

The Equity in the Built Environment series is generously supported by STUDIOS Architecture and ARUP.